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- Windows 10 Moves to Set the Bar for Security Oct 22 Microsoft just kicked client side security up a huge notch for Windows 10. Boy, how things have changed. Over a decade ago, the young kids who were forming Google were gleefully pointing out how unsecure Windows is, and here we are, a little over a decade later. Android is the security problem that folks are concerned about and, with Windows 10, Microsoft is attempting to set the bar for client side access security.
- VCE Merges into EMC: Change Is in the Wind Oct 22 VCE was the most successful joint venture I’ve ever seen. Growing at over 50 percent year over year, it has been cutting a broad swath through the IT industry, despite the fact that most folks didn’t think its solution could work, even after customer after customer repeatedly testified that it did, swimmingly. That is one of the two amazingly weird things about VCE: The first is that folks just don’t believe it can work; the other is that a joint venture managed by large partners could make decisions timely and well.
- Reflections on IBM’s Financials: The Rebirth Process Oct 20 Big news came out this week on IBM. Most of IBM’s traditional businesses are down, in terms of net income but, for the most part, down in the low single digits. Most of IBM’s new initiatives are up in aggregate, in net income, in the low double digits. Since the base of the old stuff is bigger than the base of the new stuff, IBM in aggregate was down, but when you contrast the numbers you can see that IBM does appear to be successfully transitioning. I should point out, though, that both BMC and Dell are transitioning far more easily, suggesting that their path of going private first may be the better one. IBM may be too big to take that path, but we said the same thing about Dell. Let’s look underneath the IBM numbers this week.
- Choosing a New iPad and Anticipating the iPad Air 3 and the iPad Mini 4 TG Daily | Oct 27 Boy Apple is really becoming a naming mess particularly if you realize the older products are still in market. Right now, for $100 less than the iPad Air 2 you can buy an iPad Air, and for $100 less than the iPad mini 3 you can get a Mini 2, or if you are really cheap you can save another whopping $50 and get a Mini that is only two years out of date. Whee? You know some parent is going to do this and his kid is going to be embarrassed at school when he finds out daddy was a cheap SOB.
- Detroit's Stupid Plan to Kill Tesla TechNewsWorld | Oct 27 watching the illicit attempts of dealers and U.S. auto companies to try to kill Tesla, I have to think they are all wrongheaded. I don't drive a Tesla, but this kind of thing makes me really mad because it is so incredibly stupid.
- How VCE Created an Amazing Joint Tech Venture CIO | Oct 24 VCE is unique not only in how successful it is, but in that it is making an organizational shift not when failure is eminent but while it is still thriving, suggesting it has sidestepped the problems that might have derailed it.
- Microsoft Gets Serious About Security in Windows 10 TG Daily | Oct 23 Microsoft just published a series of big security improvements that will be coming in Windows 10. Security has become a much larger concern for a lot of us. For instance when I moved into my home the only real problem was had was getting overwhelmed with kids on Halloween. A decade and a half later the house is surrounded by security cameras, I’ve had to install a secure mailbox because folks are driving by stealing mail, and home invasion robberies appear to be weekly events in the city.
- Most Everything's Coming Up Roses for Microsoft TechNewsWorld | Oct 27
- Alibaba could give Hollywood studios new pipeline into China Los Angeles Times | Oct 26
- Invitation Email Requirement Could Cause Inbox to Be a Bust gadgetgestures | Oct 24
Rob Enderle on…
Blackberry’s new Passport smartphone and its qwerty keyboard
“The advantage of a physical keyboard is that you can blind type, which means you can keep your eyes where they are supposed to be and with quick glances can still get that email or text sent out."
“He is one of those bigger-than-life personalities. His company very much revolves around him, not too differently from the way that Apple revolved around Jobs."
“Watson allows companies to get the benefits from their data more quickly and effectively with fewer skills.…If executives can't use tools because they are difficult, the tools are worthless. Watson is the only platform designed from the ground up to be a tool executives could use, because it's intelligent."
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The iPhone 6
“[It's] an attractive me-too product, but nothing to pull you across. There’s no revolution here and Apple is losing its innovative soul, chasing after Android and Windows rivals with bigger sized iPhones, while still lagging on fundamental features like screen and camera resolutions, and inductive charging."
Digital games and EA's The Sims 4
“The Sims 3 was disappointing, and that likely left a bad taste in the mouths of loyal players. It is far harder to bring back disappointed players than it is to attract them in the first place because you have to overcome the negative perception of the prior version."
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